Stories for March 2009


Tuesday, March 31

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Despite low turnout, Hayden approves Charter Commission

Group will draft town governance charter

Only 8 percent of registered town voters turned out for election. Nine-member Charter Commission will now draft document that could move Hayden from statutory to home-rule status.

Datebook for March 31, 2009


Kim Hernandez: Response to Reina

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Alman Nicodemus: Support for Riley

To the editor:

Annie's mailbox: Neighbor's family disrespectful, rude

Dear Annie: My next-door neighbor, "Tillie," is in her 90s. She is able-bodied, but her mind is slowly slipping. We had a great relationship until she allowed her nephew, his wife, their son and the son's girlfriend to move in.

5 questions with city office candidates

Below is the first part of a question and answer series with each Craig City Council candidate who will appear on the April 7 municipal election ballot.

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MCHS grad paves road to higher learning for high school students

When George Avgares returned to Craig after 17 years in Las Vegas, he also returned to the profession he knows best.

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DA: Bring trial back to Moffat County

Prosecutors ask judge to reconsider venue in murder case

The legal wrangling in a Moffat County murder case continued Monday morning with a prosecution filing asking the presiding judge to reconsider trial venue.

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Steamboat Springs girls soccer team cruises past Moffat County, 7-0

The wind cutting across the surface of Gardner Field on Monday afternoon was frigid, but not even the cold seemed to slow Steamboat Springs High School's red-hot offense.

Police blotter for March 31, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Mary Jo Brown: April known for showers, flowers and pranks

In like a lamb, out like a lion.

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Proposal worries cyclists

Baumgardner: 2-abreast amendment protects all road users

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner has angered some cycling groups with an effort to curtail riders' ability to ride two abreast on state highways, but the Hot Sulphur Springs Republican said his amendment is for the safety of all road users, including cyclists.

CSAPs wind down

Testing is nearly complete across Routt County

Weeks of filling in bubbles with No. 2 pencils are coming to an end for Routt County students as Colorado Student Assessment Program tests draw to a close.

Sports briefs: Weather pushes baseball indoors

Let it snow? Heck, no.

TMH extends charity care coverage

The Memorial Hospital Board voted unanimously to extend its charity care coverage during its meeting Wednesday.

Horoscope for March 31, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Important or significant matters should be accomplished as early as possible. If you concentrate only on enjoyable things, thinking you'll get to the necessities later, you'll end up in trouble.

Maren Schmidt: Following the adult

Children naturally want to connect to the adults in their lives.

Monday, March 30

Andy Bockelman: 'Monsters vs. Aliens' is massively entertaining cartoon

What do you get when you inject a tomato with mutated ranch dressing? One of the ridiculously hilarious stars of "Monsters vs. Aliens."

Annie's Mailbox: Friend's children abused

Dear Annie: My best friend, "Jayne," also is my former sister-in-law. She and my brother divorced several years ago. My brother has limited contact with their children, but I have remained close to all of them.

H. Neal Glanville: Honk when you pass by, and I'll wave

Stop the presses. I've always wanted to yell that.

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Pioneers in Craig girls hockey make debut

Skates with pink laces, helmets with protruding pony tales and sticks with pink blades aren't common on the ice at Moffat County Ice Arena.

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Groups tour middle school project, slated for summer completion

Although Craig Middle School construction is only one-third complete, on Saturday, the halls were packed.

Horoscope for March 30, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - There won't be any grass growing under your feet. You're raring to go and ready to take the initiative in order to get your projects under way.

Police blotter for March 30, 2009

Craig Police Department

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Aging well: Yoga's many gifts and rewards

Joan Gibbs takes the most direct route to yoga class in Steamboat Springs. After class, she chooses to drive the meandering back roads toward her home in Oak Creek.

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DBA's Farmers Market prepares for another season

When asked what she remembered most about last year's Downtown Business Association's Farmers Market, Carol Jacobson had a few responses.

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Business beat: Local biz adds to fleet, keeps trucking along

Peroulis Brothers, 1600 E. U.S. Highway 40, has added several new trucks to its fleet.

Datebook for March 30, 2009

Monday, March 30

David DeRose: Support to Joe Bird

To the editor:

Saturday, March 28

Cattle on feed in Colorado estimated at 1 million head as of March 1

COLORADO - The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 1,040,000 head as of March 1. The latest inventory was up 2 percent from February 1, but down 1 percent from the 1,050,000 on feed March 1.

Full steam ahead for full-day kindergarten

Moffat County School Board to begin process to implement program

As a way to increase student achievement, the Moffat County School District will begin the process of implementing full-day kindergarten.

Annie's Mailbox: Roommates no longer pay rent

Dear Annie: My husband and I bought our first house just more than a year ago and have had several roommates. Now two of them don't have jobs, nor do they pay rent.

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Spring break in the Big Apple

Local students take part in Columbia Scholastic Press Association

For Domenic James, a Moffat County High School junior, 16, a trip to New York City for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association conference was a collection of new experiences.

Kathy Bassett: Who's the boss? Ani, the border collie

When you Google "border collies," you find a man named Stanley Coren who wrote "The Intelligence of Dogs."

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Moffat County history: Ladore Canyon dam project

The battle over water in the West has been long and ongoing since the first settlers jolted across the mountains to the dry plains. Much of the wide expanses that beckoned to the exploring spirit were short of the precious commodity that can make the difference between fertile fields and barren wasteland. Some of those farmers and ranchers in California cast an eye back toward Colorado, thinking of the great rivers that ran through it. If they could capture that water, they could greatly increase their production and profits.

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Petrone gets ready for new job

Appointed superintendent accepts School Board's offer, looking for home

For newly appointed Moffat County School District superintendent Joseph Petrone, getting to know Craig is easy. Even from 275 miles away.

Craig Cougars girls hockey team hosts Grand Junction in season finale

To those who believe hockey is a man's sport, Glenda Bellio begs to differ.

Allan Reishus: Better way of thinking

To the editor:

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Local woman reflects on life and longtime love

It's Thursday afternoon and quiet inside the chapel at St. Michael Catholic Church. Two women, on opposite sides of the room, are kneeled, and they whisper silently with their hands clasped.

Diane Prather: Easters on the ranch

Easter is still two weeks away, but this week's snowy weather has brought back memories of Easters past for this author. It was when my sisters, brother and I were growing up on our ranch south of Hamilton.

Horoscope for March 28, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - When shopping, be alert for some great bargains buried among the expensive items. There's a good chance you will find something that's beautiful but practical.

District Attorney defends charges

Oldham: Decision in Lopez death based on legal definitions, burden of proof

Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said she's confident she made the right decision by filing assault charges against Eduardo and David Capote.

Our View: A vote for change

The numbers don't lie.

Datebook for March 28, 2009

Saturday, March 28

Government update for March 28

Moffat County Commission

Friday, March 27

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National speaker urges Craig business owners to create awareness, spend wisely

Justin Jenison was shocked by the results. The owner of Jenison Custom Builders didn't expect so much room to grow. But in a recent survey conducted by TOMA Research, 72 percent of area residents polled couldn't name a building contractor.

Craig briefs: Save the dates for SHARE Craig

There has been a change in the SHARE Craig registration date.

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MCHS wrestling team bids farewell to seniors, sets eyes on next season

Moffat County wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez stood at the head of the high school's common area with a somber look on his face and a serious tone to his voice.

Police blotter for March 27, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for March 27, 2009


Local fuel gauge for March 27, 2009

Regular unleaded and diesel prices around Craig as of Thursday afternoon.

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New courthouse security to be implemented April 6

Diana Meyer said she's seen numerous confrontational or potentially dangerous incidents happen during her 20 years working on the second floor at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Annie's Mailbox: Co-workers are lazy, wasteful

Dear Annie: I have been working at my present job for four years. It's a good company that truly values its employees. In the past year, however, there have been some changes in my department and not for the good.

Diane Prather: Eggs make creative decorations for the holiday

Easter eggs! That's what this week's column is all about.

Lawmakers grapple with education funding

First-term Republican Rep. Randy Baumgardner didn't ask to be on the House Education Committee.

Dave Rodriguez: Coach replies to letter

To the editor:

Andy Bockelman: 'Witch Mountain' sometimes spacey, sometimes fun Disney remake

Are you stranded on a distant planet with the government after you? E.T. may have phoned home, but if you're smart, you'll take a clue from the young heroes of "Race to Witch Mountain" and ally yourself with a former professional wrestler.

CMS tour available Saturday

Public has opportunity to view new school construction

As construction of the new Craig Middle School approaches the halfway mark, the public will have an opportunity to tour the facility from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

Edward T. Winters: Vote for the county

To the editor:

Horoscope for March 27, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Today is a new ballgame, and the odds are in your favor that when you get up to bat, you'll hit the home run that has been eluding you. Your dreams will come true.

Thursday, March 26

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School Board chooses new superintendent

Choosing a change in direction, the Moffat County School District unanimously selected Joseph Petrone as the district's next superintendent during its meeting Thursday night.

Police blotter for March 24

Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Craig briefs: Realtors donate to assist housing

The Craig Association of Realtors recently donated $13,750 to the Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation with the funds collected through the Colorado Association of REALTORS Housing Opportunity Foundation.

Horoscope for March 26, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Today could be a new start if you will think in that vein, but don't do so unless you can begin your new path with a positive mindset. Only then will your future be bright.

School district disappointed with city's decision about gym

Pete Bergmann, Moffat County School District superintendent, said he has mixed emotions about a failed proposal to expand a gymnasium at Craig Middle School.

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Candidates discuss recreation center

Craig City Council candidates fielded questions ranging from the area's methamphetamine problem to building a recreation center during a candidate forum Wednesday night at Centennial Mall.

Verna L. Miller: TMH care was great

I have been reading the letters about The Memorial Hospital. Apparently, there have been patients who feel they haven't been treated very well by the hospital staff and ambulance crew.

Pete Bergmann: Behind the gym proposal

In an effort to clarify some of the misunderstanding surrounding the discussions between the Moffat County School District and the city of Craig regarding additional gym space for the community, I would like to share these points.

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Bad Dogs leave mark at nationals

Caddy, Pontine lead 7 placers in Denver tournament

The Bad Dogs youth wrestling team made the most of its final appearance in a national event last weekend, placing seven grapplers in the top four in the Rocky Mountain Nationals youth wrestling tournament in Denver.

Annie's Mailbox: My daughter is treated unfairly

Dear Annie: My child is in the fifth grade. She is a well-behaved girl and an excellent student. I always have tried to teach her to be respectful and honest.

Convicted distributor sentenced

Judge orders community corrections, warns violations mean prison

An assortment of friends and family Wednesday praised the character of a 34-year-old Craig man convicted of drug distribution and asked a Moffat County District Court judge to impose a sentence other than prison time.

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Veterans Hotline: American Legion raffle Saturday

The American Legion raffle for the AR-15 ends Saturday at the bingo session at the Elk's club.

Datebook for March 26

8 to 10 a.m. The Craig Daily Press hosts a Top of Mind Awareness seminar at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The seminar, which is free, will focus on how local businesses can increase more of their respective market shares. Sign up is at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is provided. RSVP is required. Call 824-7031, or e-mail Renee Campbell at

Sarah Hepworth: Thanks to contributors

On behalf of the Moffat County School District and its early childhood staff, I would like to thank all those who contributed to the 2009 Children's Health Fair.

Bill Ronis: Take care of Craig

My wife and I ride our bikes all over the place. We just can't believe the amount of beer bottles, half full Mountain Dews and paper cups with the straws still in the plastic lids that litter the sides of all our roads.

Wednesday, March 25

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Girls soccer blanked in Palisade

MCHS can't catch a break, falls 5-0

The Moffat County girls soccer team, winless through its first three games of the 2009 schedule, looked to end the early season skid Tuesday in Palisade.

Annie's Mailbox: I am dreading a visit from my in-laws

Dear Annie: I haven't seen my in-laws since we moved across the country three years ago. They are coming in May for a two-week visit and staying in our home with us and our six children.

Early census operations starting

Workers will be on neighborhood streets using GPS handheld computers

The U.S. Census Bureau will launch a massive operation beginning next week to verify and update more than 145 million addresses as it prepares to conduct the 2010 census.

Craig briefs: Editorial board seeks members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins April 1.

Commission OKs letter of support for potential archaeological research

Whether there are artifacts or old mining claims in Sandwash Basin, the Bureau of Land Management and the Vermillion Chapter of the Colorado Archeological Society are seeking a grant to find out.

Our View: Limit liability

With less than two weeks to go before the April 7 election, Craig City Council candidates have two opportunities, beginning tonight, to reach out to the public and possibly sway voters.

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United Way makes decision about funding applications

The common mission among the nonprofit groups at the top of Moffat County United Way's allocation list is to provide health and human services for the local community.

Stan Fox: Trail markers removed

The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club has completed the grooming season and all trail markers have been picked up. We hope snowmobilers will continue to enjoy the snow at high elevations, but one must drive about 2 miles up the roads to get to the snow and turning around may be a challenge. NOWECOS would like to say thanks to all the snowmobilers who registered their machines, as this is the money that pays for our grooming costs.

Police blotter for March 23

Deputies responded to 10 civil problems.

City Council unanimously votes down gym proposal

Craig Mayor Don Jones said feedback he heard was overwhelming regarding the Moffat County School District's funding request to the city for an expanded gymnasium.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Witch Mountain' is sometimes spacey, sometimes fun Disney remake

Are you stranded on a distant planet with the government after you? E.T. may have phoned home, but if you're smart, you'll take a clue from the young heroes of "Race to Witch Mountain" and ally yourself with a former professional wrestler.

Sports briefs: Thomas, Prins named Players of the Year

Gatorade, in partnership with ESPN RISE, announced its selections for 2009 Colorado boys and girls basketball Players of the Year.

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Family of Lopez wanted tougher charges

Police also were looking for more severe charges in Lopez case

The sister of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez, along with police officers involved in the investigation of Lopez's death, said they would have liked to have seen more severe charges filed against the two Miami brothers accused of playing a role in his death.

Datebook for March 25

9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Aging Well Program's "Wellness Wednesday" is at American Legion Post No. 62 for individuals ages 50 and older. It includes art, writing and exercise classes throughout the day. Lunch is served at each week's presentation. To register for activities, call 871-7676.

Moffat County School Board agenda for Thursday

Moffat County School Board meeting

Local retailers say vacation wear is inspiring spring fashion

Vibrant and vacation-driven are the best ways to describe spring fashions, Craig retailers contend. With flowy, flouncy tops and dresses in a variety of patterns and prints, spring fashions are in Craig and ready for warm-weather wardrobes.

Becky Forquer: Thanks for hard work

The Craig Girl Scouts would like to thank the community for supporting them in their annual cookie sales. This year was new and exciting for the Girl Scouts. It marked the first year that Daisy Girl Scouts (grades kindergarten and first) were allowed to sell cookies.

Faye McKune: Thanks for venue

Due to the fire damage and subsequent closure of the Moffat County High School auditorium, and the ongoing construction at the Craig Intermediate School, the Craig Concert Association was without a venue for its past two concerts for the 2008-09 season. Therefore, we extend with great gratitude a heartfelt thank you to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints for so graciously offering their cultural hall as an alternate venue for our 7:30 p.m. concerts Thursday and May 2.

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Fantasy Fix: Gems to look for on the diamond

The Major League Baseball season is just about upon us once again.

Horoscope for March 25, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Pay attention to your hunches or intuitive perceptions because they could be extra sharp. You shouldn't have any trouble figuring out how to use what they are telling you.

Tuesday, March 24

Amber Alert issued for two missing Aurora girls

Law enforcement on lookout for children and father, 38-year-old Brian Patterson

The alert is effective statewide in Colorado and Wyoming. Brianna Patterson, 4, and her sister, Aliyah, 3, have not been seen since Monday.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Appreciating the simple things

I love the simple things in life: a perfect sunset, ice-cold lemonade, fresh air, a foreign cafe and a turkey sandwich.

Craig briefs: Editorial board seeks members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins April 1. Editorial board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the paper's opinion pieces for the next week's Wednesday and Saturday papers.

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Candidates discuss gym

City Council hopefuls participate in 1st of 3 appearances this week

City Council candidates Joe Bird, Terry Carwile and Jennifer Riley, and mayoral candidate Don Jones spoke to more than 20 visitors during a forum sponsored by the Craig AARP Chapter 1418 at Sunset Meadows I. Candidates Byron Willems, Francisco Reina and Gene Bilodeau did not attend.

Board to announce its pick Thursday

School district will end superintendent search

Moffat County School District officials are planning to end a five-month search for a new superintendent Thursday night. Pete Bergmann, school district superintendent for seven years, is retiring at the end of the school year.

Candidates slated for 2 more appearances this week

Voters who missed Monday afternoon's Craig City Council candidate forum shouldn't fret - luckily, they have two more chances this week to hear from those running for public office.

Datebook for March 24


Senior Spotlight for March 24

It's supposed to be spring, but it's snowing.

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MCHS swim team places 6th in Montrose

It's still early. The Moffat County High School boys swimming team didn't qualify any swimmers for the state championships in its first competitive meet of the 2009 season Friday and Saturday in Montrose.

Annie's Mailbox: Father of children has grown distant during 32 years

Dear Annie: I married "Eddie" after getting pregnant at 18. We have two children and have been together for 32 years. For the past 20, we have not slept in the same bed. It began when Eddie started falling asleep on the sofa watching TV. Then he simply began going to bed on the couch.

Horoscopes for March 24, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - It might be wise to sleep on any major decision, because you're likely to have a difficult time distinguishing between what is a constructive suggestion and just plain criticism.

Agenda for Moffat County School Board meeting

Moffat County School Board meeting

Maren Schmidt: The power to act from real choice

My husband likes to stop and indulge in an Italian dessert at our local gelato shop. On any given day, there may be 30 different varieties of gelato on display.

Police Blotter for March 22

Moffat County Jail

Monday, March 23

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Witnesses: Brothers attacked Lopez

David and Eduardo Capote appear in court via videoconference

Arrest warrant reveals detailed information about Jan. 2 fight that led to soldier's death. Eduardo and David Capote appeared in Routt County Court on Monday and have been allowed to return to Miami until their next court date.

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MCHS baseball team in unfamiliar territory

Bulldogs blanked on season-opening road trip

Tim Hafey's nightmare beginning to the 2009 baseball has gotten worse. Back-to-back 4-3 and 27-6 losses in Montrose on Saturday were followed up with a 17-0 shelling Sunday in Olathe.

Annie's Mailbox: Worried about how parents will react

Dear Annie: I am an 18-year-old girl and have a great relationship with my parents. The problem is, I like girls. (I know the correct term would be lesbian, but I somehow find that word offensive.) And I am scared to tell them.

H. Neal Glanville: The Alamo is burning

A fond remembrance of my Aunt Ruthie

My beloved Aunt Ruthie is one of the many people who helped me make it through childhood.

Datebook for March 23


Western Slope legislators turn eye to severance tax revenue

A fight is brewing at the Colorado Legislature about the $13 million in severance tax revenue that currently goes into three different funds for low-income energy assistance and weatherization programs.

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Museum to show Craig history through art

Museum of Northwest Colorado presents Craig's legacy with an exhibit of paintings

There are many ways the Museum of Northwest Colorado displays what life was like in the Old West. This spring, the museum will present recorded history in Moffat County through paint.

Horoscopes for March 23, 2009

Horoscopes for March 23, 2009

Craig briefs: Tours of new middle school offered

Moffat County School District officials will offer tours Saturday of the new Craig Middle School.

Aging Well: Preparing for the unthinkable

The "it can't happen here" mentality makes Jim Johnsen's job challenging.

Business beat: Business marketing seminar Thursday

At 8 a.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Craig, Mark Rood, of Top of Mind Awareness, will be providing a seminar sponsored by the Craig Daily Press.

Agenda for The Memorial Hospital board meeting

Agenda for Wednesday's meeting

Sunday, March 22

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Effects of embezzlement still felt as families, bank rebuild

The fallout from the theft of $1.3 million from Steamboat Springs' branch of Alpine Bank was described during the sentencing of Pamela Jean Williams on March 17 as a "ripple" with "compounding effects" for the victims, the bank and the community.

Saturday, March 21

Annie's Mailbox: Wife blames me for all our difficulties

Dear Annie: My 33-year-old wife and I have been married for four years and have a wonderful 3-year-old son. Yet, from Day 1, every time a difficulty arises, she proclaims she is getting a divorce. In fact, she usually holds me accountable for every difficulty.

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MCHS baseball falls, 4-3, 27-6, in season-opener

It's not exactly how Tim Hafey pictured the start of the season to play out. The skipper for the Moffat County High School baseball team said he was "disappointed" with Friday's season-opening performance in Montrose.

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Documentary features Craig TeleHealth Clinic

Inside the Veterans Affairs TeleHealth Clinic in Craig, veterans can sit down and talk with their physician about any medical problems they have. The physician can check the patient's heartbeat, listen to lungs and check for warning signs of skin cancer -from Grand Junction or Denver.

Police blotter for March 20

Channelle Marie Southard, 35, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Diane Prather: Bernie's story

Working sheep and cow dogs are invaluable to ranchers, and throughout the years, when I was growing up, we had a variety of different cow dogs. But, the dog I remember most wasn't from my childhood.

Kathy Bassett: Maybell memories

We love our little town of Maybell. It doesn't have skyscrapers or movie theaters, and we don't even have one single traffic light. We have things that are far more important, however, such as real live deer and other kinds of wildlife in the front yard, a fun park where lots of fun things happen, and best of all, we have super, wonderful, caring people who live here. We are privileged.

Our View: Dollar dilemma

On Tuesday night, the Craig City Council will attempt to resolve a funding question that arose from the Moffat County School District regarding the possible expansion of a gymnasium project.

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KRAI receives 9 awards at CBA ceremony

Around the KRAI 93.7 and 102.3 and 55 Country station, the stories differ but the results stay the same.

Horoscope for March 21, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Because of recent events, you can reset the course of action you wish to take. Do so immediately, because, once you do, you will get a better handle on important matters affecting your life.

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Local group takes pets to visit Sandrock, hospital patients

For the first several minutes, no one says anything to anybody. The only sounds are smooth, affectionate coos from Betty Rice, 59, a resident of Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab, to the small 4-year-old Shih Tzu named Mei Ling cuddled in her lap.

Datebook for March 21, 2009

1 p.m. Unicyclists meet at Alice Pleasant Park. Call Kevin Morris at 824-1703.

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Sunrise Kids students learn valuable lessons during spring break

Even during spring break, the students at Sunrise Kids LLC Preschool and Childcare are keeping busy.

Fire Management Unit officials urge caution with spring burning

With a forecast for high winds this weekend, Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit officials are urging anyone planning any outdoor burning in Northwest Colorado to use caution, the NCFMU reported in a news release.

Craig briefs: Craig Middle School tours offered

Moffat County School District officials will offer tours March 28 of the new Craig Middle School.

Friday, March 20

Len Browning: Finding peace in troubled times

On Feb. 10, The Independent in the United Kingdom reported on a speech given by The Right Honorable Ed Balls. In part, he warned that events worldwide were moving at a "speed, pace and ferocity which none of us have seen before."

Craig briefs: Farmers market planning begins

Farmers markets across the country are filling the need for fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables and homemade baked goods.

Vehicle registration fee increase details

Due to residents' questions about upcoming vehicle registration fee increases, Elaine Sullivan, Moffat County clerk and recorder, wants to make some clarifications.

Annie's Mailbox: My family doesn't understand loss

Dear Annie: Last August, I gave birth to my daughter, Anna. Sadly, Anna died two days after she was born.

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Diane Prather: Easter meals just around the corner

Can you believe it? Easter is April 12. Pretty soon we'll be planning our Easter dinner menus.

Business tax break struggles in Legislature

Whatever the fears about recessions, profit margins and the general direction of the federal government, some local business owners said they wouldn't want the largest tax break they likely ever would receive.

Horoscope for March 20, 2009

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - A sudden development that could be of considerable importance is apt to be in the offing. It has something to do with your financial situation and a way to greatly better it.

Datebook for March 20

8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

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Celebrating 270 years in 1 week

Local trio, ages 85, 90 and 95, has a surprise birthday party

Margaret Thompson, 85, Vernice Self, 90, and Alma Crouch, 95, gather every Thursday to play cards and relax.

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MCHS baseball team opens season today in Montrose

Moffat County High School baseball coach Tim Hafey stood behind the batting cage on the Craig Middle School baseball diamond.

Bad Dogs headed to nationals

Fresh off an impressive performance March 6 and 7 in Grand Junction, the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team is once again getting ready to take the show on the road.

Police blotter for March 18

Brian Joseph Lewis, 40, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating a restraining order.

Thursday, March 19

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Worker dies after getting stuck in ventilation system

Indian restaurant now has grand opening scheduled for March 30

Micheal Goodspeed, 49, was an electrician working at the unopened Bombay Grill restaurant. Initial cause of death appears to be positional asphyxiation, according to coroner.

Datebook for March 19

8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

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NCAA basketball tournament begins today

The NCAA basketball tournament is called March Madness for a reason.

Veterans Hotline: Craig Telehealth Clinic selected as 'Site of Excellence'

The Craig Veterans Affairs Telehealth Clinic was selected as a "Site of Excellence" facility in the VA health care system.

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Consumer confidence dips

Steamboat's lodging, flight numbers heading from solid to soft

Consumer confidence nose-dived to an all-time low in February, an unwelcome sign for ski industry heavyweights who watch the index to gauge demand.

Craig briefs: VNA to screen for respiratory illnesses

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free screenings for patients who have been experiencing breathing problems or have been diagnosed with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other related respiratory illnesses in Moffat, Routt and Jackson counties.

Cathy Hamilton: Dance invitation irresistible

I didn't need another TV show addiction. I was already hopelessly hooked on "American Idol," "24" (when I can figure out what the heck is going on) and HBO's paean to polygamy, "Big Love." And, OK, "Real Housewives of New York City." There, I said it. Give me a break; it's a recession. I need all the cheap, guilty pleasures I can get.

Annie's Mailbox: I need husband's support after surgery

Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 20 years. Unfortunately, I had to have a colostomy last year and now use a colostomy bag. Prior to my surgery, I was having trouble with regard to our sexual frequency. My menopause years were horrible, and I couldn't take hormones because of a strong family history of breast cancer.

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Golfers take advantage of YVGC opening

The snow isn't quite melted, and the ground has yet to fully thaw. Ice still can be been found along the edges of the river that cuts through brown and yellow fairways, and a chilly wind still blows through its leafless trees.

DOW plans public forum on elk populations

Officials will show math behind numbers, take audience questions, suggestions

The Colorado Division of Wildlife wants the public to be informed and involved in its wildlife management programs.

Rosemary Potter: Puten gave good advice

The economists of the United States have received some good advice from a surprising source - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Puten. He said the U.S. should take a lesson from the pages of Russian history, and not "exercise intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state's omnipotence."

Horoscope for March 19, 2009

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - The company you keep can exert a substantial influence over your spending patterns, so keep this in mind when hanging out with those who are foolishly loose with their money.

ACET defendant sentenced to prison after violating court order

One of 11 Mexican nationals arrested almost a year ago on suspicion of drug distribution charges now will serve prison time after being arrested last month.

Sports briefs: Kyle Petty charity ride to visit Yampa Valley

The Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has announced the coast-to-coast route for its motorcycle ride, and the Yampa Valley has been chosen as an overnight stop.

Wednesday, March 18

Police station ahead of schedule

Interior painting process mostly finished at new Hayden building, Birch said

Hayden police might move into their new building a bit early, Chief Ray Birch said. Construction is running about a week and a half ahead of schedule and about $1,100 under budget, Birch said Tuesday.

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Craig Puck Ewes locked in as No. 2 seed

The Craig Puck Ewes women's hockey team concluded its regular season schedule last weekend on a positive note, and only time separates the team from attempting to win its third league title in four years.

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Christopher Gingrich: Thompson, Butler worth a look

This week I'm going all out, and I'm going to list as many players as I possibly can that I think will help you secure a playoff spot in your fantasy basketball league and, more importantly, help your team win in the playoffs.

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Diane Prather: Middle school kids can relate to Hank Zipzer

The Hank Zipzer books, by author/actor Henry Winkler and author Lin Oliver, are popular with young adults. "Hank Zipzer, the World's Greatest Underachiever: the Life of Me (Enter at Your Own Risk)" is book number 14 of the series (2008).

Horoscope for March 18, 2009

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - It's far too easy to take things out on family members when you feel overpowered, and this could be one of those times. Try not to.

Walt Vanatta: Police beat for February

The Police Department responded to 1,148 requests for service during the month of February, and Community Service responded to 166 requests for service.

Francisco Reina: We need a change

This is in regards to the information on the Moffat County High School soccer coach.

Police blotter for March 17

Eduardo Monroy, 42, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of liquor, driving under the influence and driving a vehicle without a valid driver's license.

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Planning Commission clears movie theater for construction

Pending a final clearance by the Craig City Council next week, Andrea and Dale Camp will be set to apply for construction permits for a new four-screen movie theater on Craig's west side.

Social Services demand increasing

Marie Peer, Moffat County Social Services director, said it has become fairly common to see her staff running from one place to another.

Annie's Mailbox: My in-laws are rude

Dear Annie: My husband's brother and his wife recently moved back home after living away for several years. I'm trying to be nice, but they are really getting on my nerves.

Vehicle registration fees to double July 1

As a result of Senate Bill 108, vehicle owners will see their car registrations nearly double after July 1.

Datebook for March 18

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free cardiovascular assessments, including full cholesterol panel, glucose levels and body mass index, at the Craig office, 745 Russell St. To make an appointment, call 846-9855 or 875-1880.

Gene Counts: New president no help

I don't think changing presidents did us any good. He is not running the show anyway. The people that got us into all this trouble with the banks and housing loans and stock market are still in power and making it even worse.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Watchmen' is super, yet flawed edition of graphic novel

The smell of diesel exhaust from a mechanical avian named Archie, the sound of justice as a criminal's body crunches against the pavement, the surreal sight of man and woman as they peel each other's faces off like the layers of so many onions - all these sensory experiences and more explode off the screen in the revision of the cape and cowl set, "Watchmen."

County Democrats donate to Boys & Girls Club

A recent Moffat County Democrats fundraiser netted $345, which the group is donating to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig for roof repairs.

7 traits to happy teens

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling encapsulated the recent presidential election when she said, "Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth."

Craig briefs: Seminar designed to aid businesses

The public is invited to attend a free seminar next week about how to grow small businesses and thrive in the future.

Our View: A question of venue

As it stands today, three months from now prosecutors from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office and two public defenders will appear before a judge and jury and argue the case of a Craig man accused of killing his wife, a Craig woman.

Tuesday, March 17

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Williams sentenced to eight years for Alpine Bank theft

Conspirator in $1.3 million embezzlement gets same time in jail as Terri Dawn Moody Fatka

Judge Paul McLimans said Pamela Jean Williams and Terri Dawn Moody Fatka were "two rotten peas in a rotten pod" in his sentencing for Williams, who pleaded guilty in December to the theft of $1.3 million from Alpine Bank.

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No serious injuries in two-vehicle rollover

Driver of Ford pickup rear-ended Chevrolet SUV in crash at Routt County Road 44

A pickup plowed into the back of an SUV east of Milner on U.S. Highway 40 this morning, resulting in heavy damage to both vehicles, but no major injuries.

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Two men open mechanic business without fearing recession

Off a dirt and gravel portion of Rose Street, the entrepreneurial spirit of two men lives on, undeterred by the ongoing national recession.

Road to stimulus funds ongoing

Local officials unsure about how to secure dollars

There is much more unknown than known about the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Moffat County budget analyst Tinneal Gerber said.

Maren Schmidt: Transformation of possessive instinct

For the child younger than the age of seven, an indicator of on-track development is the sublimation of the possessive instinct.

Scott Tuning: Crucial partnership

To the editor:

Craig briefs: 'Cisco Kid' showing Friday

The Wyman Museum, 94350 U.S. Highway 40, is hosting a matinee public screening Friday afternoon of "The Cisco Kid." The movie begins at 2 p.m.

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At 75, longtime Cavvy waitress still going strong

Inside the Golden Cavvy, Llyodia Arnett usually can be found rushing from table to table. She darts around the restaurant bringing in coffee, taking back checks and shuffling silverware.

Search ongoing for missing Wyoming man

The Daggett County Sheriff's Department in Manila, Utah, is continuing to search for a 72-year-old Rock Springs, Wyo., man who was reported missing March 11, according to a news release.

Annie's Mailbox: Teen pregnancy draws too much attention

Dear Annie: My situation is tough. I am a pregnant teenager, 16 year old to be exact. Aside from my family and a few friends, no one knows the whole truth, which is that I was raped.

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MCHS track team finishes 10th in Delta

Urbanoski, Nelson lead Bulldogs

In the first competitive meet of the 2009 season, the Moffat County High School track and field team used performances by defending state champions Erin Urbanoski and Alicia Nelson to finish 10th out of 24 teams that earned points Saturday in Delta.

Andy Bockelman: 'Watchmen' is super, yet flawed edition of graphic novel

The smell of diesel exhaust from a mechanical avian named Archie, the sound of justice as a criminal's body crunches against the pavement, the surreal sight of man and woman as they peel each other's faces off like the layers of so many onions - all these sensory experiences and more explode off the screen in the revision of the cape and cowl set, "Watchmen."

Horoscope for March 17, 2009

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - You're not apt to find easy answers to tough questions, so when evaluating anything important, be logical, not euphemistical. Unless you face facts realistically, you won't solve a thing.

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Green Team tours recycling process

Hayden students visit Waste Management

Being a member of the Green Team at Hayden Middle School isn't always a pretty job, but somebody's got to do it. Sixth-grader Faith Carson found that whenever trash is put in the recycling container, there's a person at Waste Management's Downhill Drive location who has to pick it out.

Mary Jo Brown: Spring has arrived

"Spring is here," she said.

Police blotter for March 17

Thursday, March 12

Datebook for March 17


Monday, March 16

Horoscope for March 16, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Don't think you're the only one who is able to come up with bright ideas; you might be surprised by what you can learn from friends when you take the time to listen.

Annie's Mailbox: Stepdaughter is emotionally immature

Dear Annie: I have been married for six years and have a 16-year-old stepdaughter. (She actually looks 18.) "Maureen" is quite emotionally immature. She won't try new things or socialize for fear of failure and the off chance that someone might make fun of her.

Mistakes at Craig Middle School lead to costly repairs

Wrong sized steel parts to be welded

With less than six months until Craig Middle School is scheduled to open, faults in the structure have been found and will be repaired, according to the design-builder of the project.

Business beat: Moffat County donors come up big

This past week, Moffat County United Way officials announced that their fundraising yielded them more than $500,000 in their most recent campaign.

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Bulldogs girls soccer ties with Devils, 2-2

Brewer, Martinez put Moffat County on the board

It took them two games and two extra overtime periods to do it, but nevertheless, they did.

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STARS on the slopes

Program teams volunteers, skiers for recreating on Mount Werner

Almost every Saturday since mid-January, Seth Sobeski and Scott Bjorgum have strapped on their skis and hit the NASTAR racecourse at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Swanson, Discovery blast off

Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven rocketed into orbit Sunday evening, setting off on a space station construction mission cut short by launch delays that dragged on for more than a month.

United Way raises $502,000

Organization receives most money of 30-year history

Corrie Ponikvar cannot explain it. As of Friday, Moffat County United Way raised about $502,000, the most ever in the organization's roughly 30-year history and more than the group's $480,000 goal for 2009.

Red Dogs hockey team falls in semis

Bruins end Craig's season, 3-1

The Craig Red Dogs were knocked from the playoffs Friday night, losing to the Bruins, 3-1, in Steamboat Springs.

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H. Neal Glanville: Simple is what matters most

Each time I've returned to Craig, it's as though I just went for a loaf of bread and took a little longer than I should to get home. For me, Craig is the ultimate "Kings X." (Those of us who deal with the "hoogie-boogies on a daily basis, understand the importance of a good "Kings X.")

Aging Well: Good preparation gives older travelers peace of mind

Editor's Note: This article was originally published Feb. 27, 2008.

The Betsie Madsen family: Family says thanks

To the editor:

Beth Koonce: Let's work together

To the editor:

Datebook for March 16


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Bill Harding: VFW District 9 meeting is May 9 in Craig

Disregard the April 4 meeting date listed in the March 5 "Colorado Veteran." It was published incorrectly. The meeting date will be May 9 in Craig at VFW Post 4265, and new district officers will be elected.

Craig briefs: MCTA announces event funding deadline

Moffat County Tourism Association, which administers the county's lodging tax, has announced a highly-encouraged March 23 deadline for event funding applications.

Diane Prather: Beef and corn casserole

Did you ever have one of those days when you shouldn't be cooking? I did. In fact, it was yesterday.

Sunday, March 15

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Tigers girls cap best season with 3rd at state

Hayden survived a back-and-forth, heart-stopping game to beat Meeker for the third time this season, 42-40, and to secure third place in the Class 2A state tournament Saturday.

Saturday, March 14

Police blotter for March 14

Chad Allan Cowns, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a courtesy hold.

Local legislators weigh in on 2009 General Assembly

First-term House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner says there isn't much he would change from the first half of the 2009 General Assembly, even though three of the four bills he introduced never made it out of committee.

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Mortensen named District 7 Coach of the Year

Accolades for Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen keep rolling in. On Friday, The Women's Basketball Coaches Association named Mortensen District 7 Coach of the Year.

Datebook for March 14

1 p.m. Unicyclists meet at Alice Pleasant Park. Call Kevin Morris at 824-1703.

Craig briefs: Kiwanis Club offers scholarships

The Craig Kiwanis Club plans to award about $8,000 in scholarships in 2009.

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Student to compete in DECA nationals

3 students qualify for spring competition; 1 will represent Craig in Anaheim

When students from Moffat County High School participate in the Distributive Education Club of America competition, they say they are at a disadvantage. It's a competition, but unlike other high school sports, there are no classes and no groupings.

Our view: Starting anew

As the snow, ice and cold temperatures of winter continue the annual fade into spring moisture, blue skies and longer days of sunshine, time grows closer to a traditional rite of a new season: spring cleaning.

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Rocky Mountain Youth Corps receives $238K in federal dollars

Colorado forests have received about $5.6 million in federal stimulus money for projects removing hazardous trees, including a $238,400 contract awarded to Steamboat Springs-based Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

Dear Annie: I feel guilty about contacting my half sister

Dear Annie: When I was younger, my mother revealed to me that I have a half sister as a result of an affair my father had when I was a toddler.

Diane Prather: 'My Half Day' useful for learning fractions

Learning fractions can be lots more fun for children if there's a fun, imaginative book to help. "My Half Day," written by Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed, is such a book.

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Bulldogs girls soccer team drops to 0-2

MCHS loses to Demons, 5-0, in 2nd consecutive road game

Two games into its season-opening seven-game road trip, the Moffat county High School girls soccer team has yet to find the back of the net. The Bulldogs lost, 5-0, Friday to the Demons.

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Mother, daughter cut hair for Locks of Love charity

Decision inspired by loss of friend to breast cancer in July 2008

What started more than a year ago ended in a few seconds with the snip of a pair of scissors. More than 10 inches of blonde hair, held together with a black rubber band, was the only thing left after one year of dedication.

Horoscope for March 14, 2009

Horoscope for March 14, 2009

Ranch animal by-products part of everyday life

Animals always have been an important source of food for humans, but the inedible parts of animals have been important, too. These are by-products.

Wantland - hope or speculation?

Most of the people who came to Northwest Colorado during the early years of settlement came to make a new home for their families.

Kathy Bassett: I'm not making this up!

OK. So there is this guy named Richard. He worked for the Bureau of Land Management, and in his travels across the United States, he met a gal in Ohio named Cindy with three kids.

TMH Administration: Memorial Hospital has improved

It was disappointing to pick up the Thursday edition of the Craig Daily Press to find the letter from Joanne Lighthizer about the "lack of quality and unpleasant service" that she experienced at The Memorial Hospital.

Mistakes at middle school lead to costly repairs

Wrong sized steel parts to be welded, will cost $50,000 to $100,000 to repair

With less than six months until Craig Middle School is scheduled to open, faults in the structure have been found and will be repaired, according to the design-builder of the project.

Government update for March 14

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission

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Mixed tides: Developers give different forecasts for housing market

Although the economy always is a concern, investors with Las Vegas-based 9 Cent LLC do not plan to delay building a new apartment complex in Craig this year.

Friday, March 13

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Tigers roar into semis

Hayden girls goes deep to win tournament opener

A strong class of seniors may have paved the way for the Hayden High School girls basketball team's first trip to state, but it was a group of underclassman that helped the team stay there.

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Denver museum exhibit tells plane crash story

Not far from Steamboat Springs sits a chunk of ground that holds an honored place in Civil Air Patrol history.

Police blotter for March 13

Tyler Lewis Fay, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig briefs: Weight loss challenge starts Tuesday

The organizers of a 12-week weight loss program challenge residents to become some of Moffat County's "biggest weight losers."

Datebook for March 13

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A playgroup for toddlers and preschool-aged children takes place at the Early Childhood Learning Center, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann at 826-2717.

Fuel gauge report for March 13

Regular unleaded and diesel prices around Craig as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo.

Shana Thomas: Cheers to the Fourniers

Cheers to the Fourniers. I am very happy for you.

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United Way honors Dental Coalition as agency of the year

United Way named the Dental Coalition as its agency of the year during its third annual awards luncheon at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

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12-year-old earns gold medal on state championships mat

Ashlee Griffiths isn't your typical 12-year-old girl. Sure, she's got a cute smile and long blonde hair, but the girly appearance ends there.

David Pressgrove: Leading out of our weaknesses

I was taught to lead out of my strengths. In the past month, Peter Scazzero's "Emotionally Healthy Church" has challenged that lesson.

Selfs, Durhams: Thanks for caring, TMH

The family of Avis J. Self would like to thank Dr. Roberts and the nursing staff at The Memorial Hospital for the care she was given during her stay there.

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Christina M. Currie: Worth the cost of admission

Being in the audience of an elementary school production is painful.

Learning in the police academy

For 19-year-old Caitlin Bogdin, getting involved with law enforcement was an easy decision.

Sports briefs: Ewes sweep weekend road trip; playoffs next

The Craig Puck Ewes women's hockey team swept its season-ending two-game road trip Saturday and Sunday, closing the regular season on a three-game winning streak and clinching the second seed when the postseason begins April 3 in Eagle.

Thursday, March 12

Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition named agency of the year

Out of 28 different awards presented Thursday by United Way, the most prestigious, the group's agency of the year, was given to the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, located at 485 Yampa Ave.

Senior Spotlight for March 12

I did get two clocks reset. The one I look at the most, I can't reach, so I am still behind an hour there. I have to remind myself to look at the other ones close to it.

Datebook for March 12

9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave.. Audrey Kline will review "The Other Boleyn Girl," by Philippa Gregory. Marty Cisar is the hostess. Call 824-5488.

Craig briefs: VNA offers free respiratory screenings

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free screenings for patients who have been experiencing breathing problems or who have been diagnosed with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other related respiratory illnesses in Moffat, Routt and Jackson counties.

Cathy Hamilton: New fad has me all atwitter

For those of you living under a rock - no, let me rephrase - for those of you who are actually out there experiencing life, as opposed to habitually texting about it, here's the scoop on Twitter from Wikipedia: "Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them."

MCEA not backing any 1 candidate

Co-president: All 3 runners for superintendent are qualified

With two weeks until the Moffat County School Board selects a new superintendent, the co-president of the Moffat County Education Association said the organization is not backing any candidate but that he is impressed with all three.

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Relay for Life event draws large sign-up crowd

Group comes out to support organization

When Tammie Thompson-Booker was a senior in college in 1991, the last thing she was thinking about was cancer.

Red Dogs advance to semifinals

The Craig Red Dogs men's hockey team advanced to the semifinal round of the postseason Saturday night, coming back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat KBCR, 5-4, in the quarterfinals of the Sunday Night League hockey championships.

Joanne Lighthizer: Hospital staff is the problem

This is in regard to the new hospital issue and all the false hope that comes with it.

Councilors unsure about gym project

It would be hard to have a set opinion on the Moffat County School District's proposal to city officials, Craig City Councilor Ray Beck said Wednesday, because the proposal hasn't been consistent. Superintendent Pete Bergmann and Joel Sheridan, School District construction liaison, asked the city for $365,000 to help the School District build a second, full-size gymnasium at Craig Middle School, which the city also would use for its own programs.

Police blotter for March 12

Carlos Adolfo Tarango, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Hospital project 'on time and on budget'

Despite the snow and the cold, the sun and the mud, The Memorial Hospital Project is on time and on budget, construction and hospital officials said.

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Bad Dogs wrestlers chew up Classic

Craig youth wrestling team places 20 of 30 wrestlers in Grand Junction

Bruised, battered and beaten from last week's state championships in Denver, the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team didn't show any signs of fatigue Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction.

United Way luncheon to celebrate community's charitable streak

Moffat County United Way is faced with recognizing one of about 50 nonprofits and government services as its agency of the year. The decision - which will be announced at the group's annual awards luncheon at noon today at the Holiday Inn of Craig - is always difficult, and this year was no different, United Way executive director Corrie Ponikvar said.

Wednesday, March 11

Cathy Hamilton: New fad has her all aTwitter

It's springtime in a Disney-fied Technicolor forest. Flower, Thumper and Bambi are watching two little birds fluttering and tweeting above them. Their adorable cartoon faces appear puzzled.

Our View: Decisions, decisions

Friday's filing deadline for Craig city office came and went with seven people declaring their candidacies for five offices - four council seats and mayor - in the April election.

City still debating middle school gym request

Price more than doubles after district speaks to contractor

Craig City Council members said they were, for the most part, supportive of the Moffat County School District's request for $150,000 to help build a second, full-size gymnasium at Craig Middle School. However, they were less receptive to the district's new request - $365,000.

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12-year-old Craig swimmer out to succeed

Laurel Tegtman remembers the first time she swam in a competitive meet. It was four years ago. At 8 - an age when many children are looking for the next something to become attached to - Laurel had decided she was going to become attached to swimming.

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Some parents displeased with proposed redistricting plan

More than a dozen parents attended an advisory committee meeting with the Moffat County School Board on Tuesday night to share thoughts and concerns about their children possibly being shifted to a different school.

Craig briefs: CNCC hunter course begins Monday

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is sponsoring a hunter education course beginning Monday and ending March 20.

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Magee takes over Wolf Mountain Pizza in Hayden

Stacy Magee planned to take time off from work to enjoy her son's senior year of high school. Instead, she and her husband bought a restaurant. Stacy and Trea Magee took over Wolf Mountain Pizza in Hayden on March 1.

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Fantasy Fix: Trade fit for King James?

In the last days before the Yahoo Fantasy Basketball trade deadline, I pulled the trigger on a deal that was fit for a king. King James, that is.

Kenneth Rinker: City, school district would need to make binding contract for gym

Helping the school build a bigger gymnasium might be a valid idea if the city and school district make a binding contract specifying under what terms the general public would have access to this gym.

Tari A. King receives Breast Cancer Research award

The Society of Surgical Oncologists recently presented its first $100,000 Clinical Investigator Award in Breast Cancer Research, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to Dr. Tari A. King, of New York, N.Y.

Baumgardner expects House to amend oil and gas regulations

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, said there likely will be several "substantive" changes to Colorado's new oil and gas regulations before the House approves them later this week.

Datebook for March 11

9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. Audrey Kline will review "The Other Boleyn Girl," by Philippa Gregory. Marty Cisar is the hostess. Call 824-5488.

Tuesday, March 10

CNCC board approves budget audit Monday

After two failed attempts, the Colorado Northwestern Community College board unanimously approved its 2007-08 budget audit Monday. The board's action came Monday at the CNCC building in Meeker during its monthly business meeting.

MCHS boys swim team finishes sixth in Grand Junction Relays

The Moffat County High School boys swimming team finished sixth out of seven teams in the season-opening Grand Junction Relays - an annual tune-up event for Western Slope high school swim teams - held at the Orchard Mesa pool in Grand Junction.

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MCHS track team runs through Grand Junction

In Friday night's Central Relays, the Moffat County track and field team was just warming up.

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School Board undecided about superintendent choice

Moffat County School Board member Sandie Johns said each of the three superintendent finalists impressed her beyond what she hoped.

Craig briefs: Museum preparing Western artists exhibit

Cowboys and artists will share the spotlight at an upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in downtown Craig.

Datebook for March 10

Today 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Police blotter for March 10

Moffat County Jail Friday, March 6 Brett Auwaerter, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of liquor, driving under the influence and failure to observe traffic control device.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: The elegance of change

We all remember our high school prom, eighth-grade graduation, and freshman year spring break wishing that sometimes we could just relive those moments because those were special times.

Maren Schmidt: Love of silence and working alone

The nature of the young child following natural and normal development is one that loves silence and working alone.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Shopaholic' is addictive, sweet comedy

Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) has a philosophy: a girl can never have too many clothes. Or shoes. Or accessories.

Kiwanis play nets $12K for charities

For this year's satire of all things Moffat County - which included skits about county officials, the Daily Press and local ranchers - the Kiwanis Club sold out the Friday and Saturday night engagements at the county Fairgrounds Pavilion, a total of 444 tickets each night.

Monday, March 9

School Board to discuss superintendent candidates tonight

The Moffat County School Board plans to discuss the three district superintendent finalists at a special public meeting at 7:15 p.m. tonight in the administrative building at 775 Yampa Ave.

Legal services committee sends HB 1292 to House

Committee reviews new Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rules

Anyone hoping to use the state legislature's annual rule review bill as a vehicle to modify new rules on oil and gas development in Colorado were stymied Friday by the chairwoman of the legislature's joint Committee on Legal Services.

Craig briefs: Participants sought for Relay For Life

The American Cancer Society is looking for survivors of cancer and community members to participate in the Relay For Life in Craig. Organizers are hosting a Relay kickoff from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, to share with residents the importance of Relay For Life in the fight against cancer.

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CMS students collect food in memory of lost pet

Humane helping

When Mandy Duong and Ping Wu lost their Chihuahua on the first day of school last year, they decided that they wouldn't just mourn her.

Business beat: Shop Craig and Moffat County

Precision Auto Service, 1294 W. Fourth St., is another business in Craig that recently has made improvements to its building. In the sprint of 2007, the business doubled the size and improved the landscaping on the property as well as the parking.

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Aging Well: Hayden centenarian celebrates with smiles, stories

It's hard not to admire Bob Myers's quick and warm smile, which usually is accompanied by a chuckle. Get to know Myers a bit more, and that smile is a glimpse into his patient, compassionate and light-hearted nature.

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Girls soccer team falls in season opener, 1-0, to Rifle

They lost, but it would be hard to notice. The Moffat County High School girls soccer team fell, 1-0, Saturday in its season opener to the host Rifle Bears.

H. Neal Glanville: Science fair project a volcanic disaster

This past Friday, I began my 60th year. As birthdays go (if you still enjoy them) turning 60 was surprising because Ericca flew out to spend some time with me.

Autism discussions this week

Hearings in Steamboat, Craig will focus on needed services

People and families affected by autism are invited to speak to a state panel about their needs this week.

Datebook for March 9


Student News: Kristi Jurney

Kristi Jurney, a graduate of Moffat County High School and currently a second-year student in the Colorado Northwestern Community College dental hygiene program, recently was awarded the Deborah Sherman-Hurst Memorial Scholarship.

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Lodging industry stable amid recession

Despite vocal concerns by local hotel and motel owners last year, it seems the Moffat County lodging industry is healthy and staying that way.

Saturday, March 7

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Hayden heading to state

Tigers girls defeat Limon to advance from regionals

The girls high school basketball team won its regional tournament Saturday afternoon, knocking Limon off 57-42 in the championship game to advance to next weekend's Great 8 state basketball tournament.

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School Board interviews 3rd candidate for superintendent

Petrone, from Wyoming, says district can trust him

If Joseph Petrone is chosen as the next Moffat County School District superintendent, he would focus on building a staff that operates as a single unit.

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Hayden approves track contract

Trustees agree to return to earlier speedway agreement with racing group

A month ago, two groups were fighting to run the Hayden Speedway. By Thursday, no one wanted the job. The Hayden Town Board of Trustees encountered the awkward situation at its meeting.

Student news: Emily Norris honored at UNC

Emily Norris, of Craig, was named one of UNC's First-Year Scholars.

Chuck Mack: Railroad plans, part 4

Editor's note: The Daily Press plans to continue printing unpublished columns by the late Chuck Mack, who died Feb. 2 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City from complications of a quintuple bypass surgery.

Datebook for March 7

1 p.m. Unicyclists meet at Alice Pleasant Park. Call Kevin Morris at 824-1703.

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Long-jumper hopes for 3rd consecutive state title

She weighs 100 pounds soaking wet, wears men's track shoes and has an unorthodox jumping style. But when Erin Urbanoski takes flight in girls long jump, none of that seems to matter.

Plea agreements pending in alleged kidnapping case

Two Hayden men accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old boy and threatening to shoot him in an alleged dispute about a stolen handgun are poised to accept plea agreements next week.

Tigers basketball breaks into regional tournament

Caitlin Mahanna's steal gives Hayden girls overtime win

The game had been over for nearly four hours, but Hayden girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton's emotions still were so raw late Friday night he had trouble even remembering exactly what had happened.

Kathy Bassett: Ruby - A gem in our midst

On March 25, 1939, Gerald (Jim) Wooden married Ruby Key in Carroll County, Mo.

Police blotter for March 7

Officers issued a citation for driving under the influence.

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Council undecided on school district funding request

Craig Middle School gymnasium project in need of $150,000 in city funds

The Craig City Council is slated to vote Tuesday on a Moffat County School District request for additional money that would fund a gymnasium expansion project.

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Local couple plans few big purchases with Lotto winnings

Up until Thursday morning, Craig residents Leo and Pam Fournier thought their home would be foreclosed March 14.

Craig city election ballot set

Mayor unopposed; 7 candidates up for 4 City Council seats

The deadline for residents to get their names on the April municipal election ballot came and went Friday without any action, Craig City Clerk Shirley Seely said.

Craig briefs: Dr. Seuss celebration is Monday

Downtown Books and The Print Shop will host a celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

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It's calving season

It's calving season in Northwestern Colorado again. Diane Prather writes a list of ways to get ready.

Friday, March 6

Snowmobiler dies in Buffalo Pass rollover

A 37-year-old Nebraska woman died of unknown injuries Friday afternoon after a snowmobile rollover accident on Buffalo Pass.

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Leo Fournier is Craig's lucky winner

Craig resident Leo Fournier, 48, knew right away what he would do with his $418,123 in Colorado Lotto winnings.

Jeanne Maneotis: Thanks to community

The family of Claudette O'Hearn would like to take this time to thank everyone in Craig who acknowledged her passing.

Diane Prather: Making pizza dough and sauce from scratch

On Sunday, I made Pat Coyner's "Easy Cinnamon Rolls" from the recipe featured in last week's column. My dough turned out a little too sticky, so I added more flour until the dough felt right.

MCHS girls golf team ready to hit the links

Last year, the Moffat County High School girls golf team consisted of three players.

MCHS baseball team back at work

Make no bones about it, Tim Hafey wants to win. He's used to it.

Swim team out to prove Bulldogs can do more than doggy paddle

Hard work, goals and most importantly, believing in themselves.

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Local man wins $1.17 million in Colorado Lotto jackpot

8. 15. 16. 31. 40. 42. Add the numbers up, and they equal $1.17 million for one Craig resident.

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Murder trial scheduled for June

Location remains in Routt County for now

On March 25, 2008, Craig man Terry Hankins walked into Moffat County District Court and pleaded not guilty to killing his wife and other charges.

Karen Gibson: Persevere to find help locally

A few days ago while down at the Public Safety Center, I met a woman who presently is incarcerated at the facility. She said she remembered me. I kept thinking she looked familiar, but I couldn't remember where I had met her or the circumstances.

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Road to Final Four blocked by Eagles

MCHS girls basketball falls to top-ranked Broomfield High School

The Moffat County High School girls basketball postseason run came to a screeching halt Thursday night at the ThunderDome in Denver in the game's first eight minutes.

Andy Bockelman: 'Taking Chance' an emotional journey that hits home

Seen through the eyes of a main character who struggles internally to come to terms with a harsh truth, the film "Taking Chance" allows the entire audience to experience the pain of loss.

Craig briefs: Relay for Life kickoff set for Wednesday

The Relay for Life of Craig's kickoff rally is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in front of KRAI at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

MCHS girls soccer team starting from scratch

The head coach is new, the assistant coach is new and nearly half the roster is new, as well.

MCHS track team faces tougher road to state

The Moffat County High School track and field team is being forced to change.

Injury riddled fall behind them, MCHS rodeo team eyes nationals

The end of the 2008 fall rodeo season couldn't come soon enough for Moffat County High School coach Dave Fleming.

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School Board interviews Wilson

2nd candidate says experience separates him from others

When the Moffat County School Board asked Dennis Wilson during his interview Thursday night why he was the best candidate to replace Pete Bergmann as superintendent he gave a simple answer.

Datebook for March 6


Police Blotter for March 4

Moffat County Jail

Roloff pleads guilty to drug charge

A former Moffat County Department of Social Services employee pleaded guilty to an amended drug distribution charge Thursday afternoon in Moffat County District Court.

Thursday, March 5

State education commissioner visits Craig

Jones: Stimulus money could help bring in new teachers

On his 113th of 178 stops in a journey across the state, state Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones stopped Thursday to talk to Moffat County School District administrators about how to attract teachers to Craig and western Colorado.

Murder trial scheduled for June

Location remains Routt County - for now

On March 25, 2008, Craig man Terry Hankins walked into Moffat County District Court and pleaded not guilty to killing his wife and other charges.

January 2009 Real Estate Transactions

January 2009 Real Estate Transactions

School Board interviews Villard

Assistant superintendent cites teamwork as key to success

Near the end of her public interview Wednesday night, the Moffat County School Board asked superintendent finalist Christine Villard why she deserved the job. Villard, who now works as the district's assistant superintendent, answered almost immediately.

Bill Harding: Moffat County preparing to hire assistant VSO

Moffat County will be advertising, through the Colorado Workforce Center, an assistant veterans service officer position this month.

Cathy Hamilton: Family's Lenten notions shaken, stirred

The last time I gave anything up for Lent was in 1966, when I was 11. That was the year my newly converted Catholic father renounced booze, and I swore off candy. It was a supreme sacrifice for both of us.

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Integrated Community receives $20,000 grant from Latino Community Foundation

Nonprofit group to use funds for planning, training

Integrated Community will get $20,000 throughout the next couple of years for hard-to-fund development. The nonprofit group works to strengthen relationships between immigrants and neighbors in Routt and Moffat counties.

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Bulldogs face top-ranked Eagles in Sweet 16

Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen would be the first to admit today's Sweet 16 opponent Broomfield High School is a tough matchup.

Linda Pinnt and Irene Bread: Thanks from quilt guild

We would like to thank this community for its support during Art Walk. We had a nice turnout for our naming contest and quilt show. Our new name is Yampa Valley Piece Makers Quilt Guild.

Craig brief: Police: Beware of phone scam

The Craig Police Department recently received information from an area resident that an unknown person called the resident seeking to raise money for protective vests for officers.

Man convicted of sex offenses

26-year-old faces 4 years to life in prison

A 26-year-old Craig man will be sentenced May 8 after being convicted of multiple sex-related offenses Tuesday in Moffat County District Court.

Datebook for March 5


Police Blotter for March 3

Moffat County Jail

Wednesday, March 4

Superintendent candidate Petrone eager to continue journey in education

Something compels Joseph Petrone to learn. For that purpose, he spent 11 1/2 years living in Jakarta, Indonesia, helping to run an American international school after he had an epiphany in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Fantasy Fix: Time to focus on the diamond

MLB season nears and fantasy drafts under way

The 2009 MLB season is about a month away, and fantasy baseball drafts have been running since mid-February, so it's safe to say baseball is back.

Caroline Dotson: 'Hate That Cat' a fun tale with real-life issues

"Hate That Cat" by Sharon Creech, a Newberry award-winning author, seems to be a sequel to the book "Love That Dog," (published in 2001), but the two books don't necessarily have to be read in order.

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Slash your energy bills

Small steps add up on utility savings

Yampa Valley Electric Association fields as many as 1,000 customer calls a year about how to save on energy bills. And the association is happy to help, YVEA spokesman Jim Chappell said.

Our View: School solution

An opportunity has presented itself to the Craig and Moffat County community, an opportunity to settle a few issues at once.

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Bad Dogs finish 7th at state wrestling tournament

Leading up to the Colorado State Youth Wrestling Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Castle Rock, Bad Dogs youth wrestling coach Rodney Klimper said expectations for the team weren't too high.

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Superintendent candidate seeking 'Ah-hah' moments

Dennis Wilson looks to inspire others

It was 1980, at a golf course in Bridgeport, Mich., when Dennis Wilson changed directions. His cross-country coach took him aside to tell Wilson how disappointing he had become.

Craig briefs: Nomination petitions for city office due Friday

Residents wishing to run for city office in the April 7 election must return their nomination petitions to Craig City Clerk Shirley Seely by 5 p.m. Friday.

Datebook for March 4


Police Blotter for March 2

Moffat County Jail

TMH researches medical office building

The Memorial Hospital is exploring the addition of a medical office building to its new hospital site under construction in west Craig.

Tuesday, March 3

White says senior property tax exemption likely gone

Higher taxes don't make anything any easier, said Edward Eitel, a 77-year-old Craig resident now faced with possibly paying an additional $547 in property taxes after this year.

Senior Spotlight for March 3

March brings Lent, Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day.

Maren Schmidt: Attachment to reality

The almost 4-year-old boy visiting my classroom was wonderfully verbal. He had just given me a detailed explanation about his family's move into their new home.

Police blotter for March 3

Deputies responded to three requests to assist another agency.

Kay Cruz: Thank you for your support of the Girl Scouts

I would like to thank the community for buying all the Girls Scout cookies that they did from my granddaughter, Rebecca Cruz. It is so awesome to see that the locals still take pride in taking care of the youths.

Valerie Hanson and Billie Jo Baker: Thank you for love and support during our loss

We would like to thank everyone for their love and support during the loss of our mom, Joyce Williams. We treasure our friends and family, who have been so kind to us through the years.

Lois Stoffle: Pick up your cigarette butts, consider safety

While walking along the highway near our home Feb. 21, I was stunned by the number of cigarette butts I found. I usually carry a plastic bag and pick up the trash that is littering the highway near our home, and since most of the snow is melted, a person can find quite a bit. But, what is stunning to me is the thoughtlessness of drivers and passengers who smoke and throw those burning cigarette butts out of their windows.

MCHS seniors bought into Maneotis' basketball system

Despite being ousted by the Demons, coach Steve Maneotis said none of his players had reason to hang their heads.

Murder case to resume

Following Supreme Court ruling, Terry Hankins

After a four-month delay that included an appeal, trial postponement and a Colorado Supreme Court ruling, the case against a Craig man accused of killing his wife is scheduled to resume this week in Moffat County District Court.

Consumer cost holds despite natural gas price decrease

Joann Stoddard, 79, isn't surprised to see her home gas bill go up in the wintertime. However, she was surprised to learn that her gas bill is staying high this winter while the wholesale price of natural gas is going down.

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Longtime educator Villard aiming for school district's top role

Christine Villard is one of three finalists approved by the Moffat County School Board for the district's superintendent position. Whoever is chosen will succeed Superintendent Pete Bergmann, who plans to retire before the 2009-10 school year.

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Jake Goodwin joins 300 club

Craig resident Jake Goodwin scored his second career 300 game Thursday.

Datebook for March 3

Today 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Craig briefs: 'Lone Ranger' to screen at museum

The Wyman Living History Museum, 94350 U.S. Highway 40, is hosting a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. Featured will be the "Lone Ranger." Admission is $5 a person.

Monday, March 2

Police Blotter for March 1

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs: Contest celebrates Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss' (Theodor Geisel's) birthday is today. When he was 50 years old, he created his first and maybe most famous book - "The Cat in the Hat" - after a publisher challenged Dr. Seuss to use 250 of the most important words for children to learn.

Wrestlers compete at Craig Invitational

The Craig Middle School wrestling team hosted the Craig Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday at Moffat County High School.

Business beat: Sign shop has new ownership

The list of improvements continues. I am simply amazed at the number of businesses that have made Craig look a little better.

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MCHS students join DOW for elk collar program

DOW officials invited the students - all part of the high school's wildlife management class - to participate in the agency's elk radio collar program, which local biologists said will help the state track the animals' migration patterns.

Aging Well: Discuss precious possessions sooner than later

Sometimes it helps to be outspoken when making important decisions. At least that was the case for Bobbi Beall, who got together with her two sisters and mother to decide how to divide their mother's possessions.

Datebook for March 2


Daily Press earns state press awards

Newspaper brings home 45 total awards

The Craig Daily Press was named the top overall newspaper in its circulation class Saturday during the Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest banquet at the Brown Palace hotel in Denver.

Sunday, March 1

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MCHS boys basketball falls in second round to Golden

The Moffat County High School boys basketball team ran into a double whammy Saturday night in Golden.